Freeholders to consider connecting Lower and Middle bicycle paths

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Freeholders to consider connecting Lower and Middle bicycle paths CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A $400,000 project to connect the bike paths between Middle and Lower townships took a step closer to reality recently, when the Cape May County Open Space Board recommended approval of the project to the Board of Freeholders.

If approved, construction to connect the bike paths between the townships could begin this fall.

A public hearing for the project has been scheduled by the freeholders for July 8 at 7 p.m. at the William E. Sturm, Jr. Administration Building at 4 Moore Road. A 45-day comment period will follow the hearing.

An Aug. 28 meeting is planned to take action on the application.

“We’re excited about the project,” said Freeholder Will Morey. “All of the freeholders, to my knowledge, are supportive of the bike path.”

Morey said that if the project is approved and completed, the bicycle path would run from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal to the Cape May County Zoo.

“We think it’s a good project,” the freeholder said. “The goal of connecting the ferry to the zoo will enhance the quality of life for the residents and tourism.”

Morey said the project was submitted to the freeholders by Middle and Lower townships in December 2013. The Open Spaces Board recommended approval in March.

“The recommendation to approve this funding for this project comes as outstanding news for Middle Township, Lower Township and really to the entire county of Cape May,” said Middle Township Mayor Tim Donohue. “This recommendation means that Cape May County will have a unique bicycle path that provides ample recreational opportunities to residents and visitors for generations to come.”

Lower Township Mayor Michael Beck said the project would have a measurable impact on the recreational and economic activities of both townships.

“Bicycling is a huge recreational activity in our region and this type of recreation contributes over $57 million to the state of New Jersey annually,” Beck said. “Thanks to the cooperation between the two townships and the support of the county, we are prepared to make this bicycle connector project a reality.”

According to a press release from Middle Township, the Delaware River and Bay Authority has endorsed the bicycle connector path and has committed to doubling the number of bicycle racks on its ferries. 

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